The Logitech K360 Wireless USB Desktop Keyboard is our best keyboard and it has up to 12 activity keys with a one-touch mechanism which allows you to access anything with one touch, such as surf the Internet, check e-mail, check your Facebook account and many more. Also, the wireless design is at 2.4 GHz and the familiar layout of the keyboard makes it convenient for any user. It can be used with the SetPoint software by Logitech to configure the one-touch activity keys or hot keys. The easy plug and play set up gets you moving with any computer needs. Great for use even on the tightest spaces possible, the keyboard is compatible with most Windows versions, from XP up to Windows 10 and connects via a unifying receiver by Logitech that won’t go anywhere away from your laptop and is connected through a USB port, giving you a true wireless keyboard experience.
Our step-up pick is the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 and it has a zoom slider feature which lets you control and zoom in any web page, picture or anything else with a finger touch. It requires at least 128 MB of RAM and is highly compatible with any Windows system from 2000 SP4 and above (except 64-bit systems) and also highly compatible with any Mac OS system from 10.2x up to 10.4x. The design is truly ergonomic due to the curved shape of the keyboard that conforms to a human being’s real and medically recommended configuration of typing hands. Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms can be greatly avoided with the ergonomic design of this awesome computer keyboard. You can add up to 5 favorites on the hot keys so you can easily access frequently needed files, folders or web pages. Super lightweight as a whole keyboard at only 5 pounds, the hot keys are also programmable and customizable.
The budget pick is the Logitech Keyboard K120 and it makes the use of a wired USB connection for easy set up and can also be used for the MacBook Pro as a keyboard. All of the characters are very easy to read and the integrated number pad works well. The tilt legs are highly adjustable for your needs and also offer stability as you type. It has a design that is resistant to spilling and is highly durable and can take up to 60 mil of liquid spillage. It has a thin profile for a sleek and space saving design. The low profile design of the keys help you keep a comfortable experience and a quiet typing time.
Table of Contents
- A Little Background
- How we picked
- Our pick
- Flaws but not dealbreakers
- Step-up Pick
- Budget Pick
- Best Gaming Keyboard
- Best Colorful Keyboard
- Keyboard with Free Mouse
- Ideal Keyboard for Mac OS X
- Ideal Keyboard for Business Use
- Best Wireless Keyboard
- Best Backlit Keyboard
- The Competition
- Other Frequently Asked Questions
- Wrapping it up
A Little Background
Keyboards are more than just something to type with – they are extremely important for any system. Whether you are using a desktop, a laptop or a notebook, having a reliable keyboard is very crucial so that you do not get inconvenience while typing or end up having carpal tunnel syndrome. This is why you need to look for the best keyboard that will definitely suit your needs.
How We Picked
When choosing the best keyboard, we took into mind the following:
Features – some keyboards that are made for gaming have illuminated keys that allow you to fully customize it for the best gaming experience in a myriad of rainbow colors.
Shape – the design is important to consider in any keyboard so that it does not strain your hands as you type on the keyboard.
Responsiveness – this is highly important for any gamer who want to make the best use for their keyboard without compromising gaming delays.
Compact – some keyboards are wireless and are compact and are also space saving so if you have a very limited space in your place then you should get a small and wireless keyboard that is hassle-free to install and connect.
Durability – the key strokes of the keyboard wear them out and this is why you need to have a keyboard that can survive the most rigorous typing experience.
Logitech K360 Wireless USB Desktop Keyboard
For our best keyboard for your computer, we chose the Logitech K360 Wireless USB Desktop Keyboard and with this keyboard, the easy plug and play set up gets you moving with any computer needs. Moreover, this keyboard has a space saving design so it is easy to use anywhere and it is totally great for use even on the tightest spaces possible.
Very compact and comfortable in its design, the keyboard by Logitech has up to 12 activity keys with a one-touch mechanism which allows you to access anything with one touch, such as surf the Internet, check e-mail, check your Facebook account and many more. As an additional function, it also connects via a unifying receiver by Logitech that won’t go anywhere away from your laptop and is connected through a USB port, giving you a true wireless keyboard experience. As for the battery life, the battery can last up to 3 years due to the design of the computer keyboard.
When it comes to the wireless technology, the wireless design is at 2.4 GHz. And what’s more, the keyboard is compatible with most Windows versions, from XP up to Windows 10. As an added feature, the Logitech K360 Desktop Keyboard can be used with the SetPoint software by Logitech to configure the one-touch activity keys or hot keys.
As for the design and looks, the keyboard has a glossy black finish for a sleek design and is super lightweight at only 1.6 pounds. Moreover, the familiar layout of the keyboard makes it convenient for any user. Adding to that, it is also significantly 20 percent smaller than standard keyboards out there. And in addition to that, for your convenience, it already has a pre-installed pair of AA batteries so you don’t have to do anything about that.
What’s more, this wireless computer keyboard goes hand in hand with a wireless mouse for a truly hassle-free experience. Adding to its convenient feature, the hot keys can also let you access favorite sites, adjust the volume; control your music (play, pause, next / previous), control the brightness and many more. For the structure of the keyboard, has a very thin and compact profile that will look astounding on smaller environments. This keyboard also has an integrated number pad for easy numerical typing and adding to that, the unifying receiver is so small that you can just leave it on your notebook or laptop.
As for the technology, the Logitech K360 Keyboard uses 128-bit AES encryption on its wireless technology and it also has a search feature and a key that launches your system’s calculator. For compatibility, it works for the MacBook Air and Linux systems as well. This keyboard includes a user’s manual and documentation for the keyboard and is thoroughly backed by a limited warranty of 3 years for the hardware.
Flaws but Not Dealbrakers
Most computer peripherals such as keyboards can also have their own flaws but these will not be enough to break the deal if it is to be a top pick. For instance, with the Logitech K360 Wireless USB Desktop Keyboard, there are some cons, such as the fact that it is a compact and compressed keyboard so normal and regular keyboard users might find it a bit awkward to use at first, but by and by, they will get used to it eventually.
Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
Our step-up pick is the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 which is highly compatible with any Windows system from 2000 SP4 and above (except 64-bit systems) and also highly compatible with any Mac OS system from 10.2x up to 10.4x. It is available in retail and business versions and it also has hot keys for Internet and e-mail quick access.
As for the looks, the design is truly ergonomic due to the curved shape of the keyboard that conforms to a human being’s real and medically recommended configuration of typing hands. The Natural Ergonomic Keyboard by Microsoft requires at least 128 MB of RAM. Moreover, the keyboard is super lightweight as a whole keyboard at only 5 pounds and it also has a zoom slider feature which lets you control and zoom in any web page, picture or anything else with a finger touch.
With the features of this keyboard you can add up to 5 favorites on the hot keys so you can easily access frequently needed files, folders or web pages. Adding to that, carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms can be greatly avoided with the ergonomic design of this awesome computer keyboard. What’s more, for accessibility, the hot keys are also programmable and customizable. It greatly helps your hands to relax naturally while typing on the keyboard,
And as for the design and comfort, the curved design really makes for a great and comfortable as well as relaxing typing experience. And adding to that, the number pad is also highly improved so you can easily use frequently used symbols. Moreover, also has the ability to lock your F keys or function keys to avoid hitting them by accident. What’s more, the palm rest keeps your hands relaxed and comfortable while typing. The Microsoft Natural Ergonomic requires at least 100 MB of hard drive space and it also requires a USB port.
Logitech Keyboard K120
Our budget pick is the Logitech Keyboard K120 and this one has a great design because of the very fact that the low profile design of the keys help you keep a comfortable experience and a quiet typing time. The keyboard also works for most Windows and Linux systems so it is highly compatible. And what’s more, the tilt legs are highly adjustable for your needs and also offer stability as you type. Adding to that, the number pad and F-keys are full sized and the whole layout of the keyboard is very standard in its design. This keyboard also makes the use of a wired USB connection for easy set up and the sleek and thin design gives you the most convenient typing experience.
When it comes to the looks of the keyboard, it has a design that is resistant to spilling and is highly durable. The keyboard can also take up to 60 mil of liquid spillage. As for the thickness and the profiling, the Logitech K120 has a thin profile for a sleek and space saving design.
And when it comes to the additional features, the integrated number pad works well and the angles and height can be adjusted easily with this keyboard. Very super lightweight at less than 1 pound, all of the characters are very easy to read and also, all of the keys can withstand up to 10 million keystrokes on the average for extra durability. As for connectivity, it connects using the Linux kernel 2.6 and above for Linux systems.
If you want uninterrupted and quiet typing instances then you should have this amazing keyboard. And furthermore, it is also highly compatible with most wireless mice by Logitech as well. The included cord has a length of 59 inches and the unit can also be used for the MacBook Pro as a keyboard. Moreover, the plug and play install makes this a hassle-free computer keyboard. The keyboard also comes with user documentation for added information and is backed by a warranty of 3 years.
Best Gaming Keyboard
Corsair Gaming K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE Keyboard
Our best gaming keyboard is the Corsair Gaming K70 RGB RAPIDFIRE Keyboard and this one has illuminated keyboard keys that give off lights that make a perfect setup for an ideal gaming rig. And like most gaming keyboards the WASD keys are given a different color. When it comes to durability, it has an actuation of 1.2 mm compared to the average switch actuation of 2 mm, and a force light of 45 g.
What’s more, adding to its durability, the aluminum frame has been brushed and anodized and is of aircraft grade to give you the best durability. As for the added effects, its back lighting can be controlled easily. And what’s more, for better clarity and visuals, the key caps and the large font allow you to easily see what’s on your keyboard. As for the other features for advanced users, it also supports CUE or Corsair Utility Engine so you can customize your lighting effects with the use of programming to fully personalize your gaming experience.
Perfect for gamers, the MOBA and FPS key cap sets have been contoured and textured. You can easily connect with a pass through USB port for its connectivity features. Moreover, with this keyboard, the multi color feature is per key so you get a ton of customization options. Also, the wrist rest has a soft touch and is detachable. The multimedia controls are easy to operate.
The Corsair Gaming K70 Keyboard spans at a length of 17 inches and it also uses complete anti-ghosting technology so the keyboard keeps up with your speed in the game. Being backed by a warranty of 2 years, the K70 is super ideal for gamers and the like.
Best Colorful Keyboard
Razer BlackWidow Chroma Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
Our best colorful keyboard with illuminated keys is the Razer BlackWidow Chroma Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and this one can be programmed to your own preferences. For accessibility, it has a total of 5 macro keys for quick access to your favorite things. As a matter of fact, when it comes to durability, each key is guaranteed to withstand 80 million strokes.
You can even control the volume and media playback due to its integrated funciton keys. And what’s more, macro recording and gaming can be a breeze due to its fully programmable keys. And in addition to that, another great illuminated keyboard for gaming purposes. What’s more, the keyboard has a tactile and a crisp feel that is specifically made for gamers.
Perfect for gaming, it also has anti-ghosting features such as a 10-key rollover feature. With this keyboard, you also get a USB port, a microphone port and a 3.5 mm headphone port to route cables easily. The Razer Mechanical Gaming Keyboard has ultrapolling capability of 1000 Hz and it can also make the use of a braided fiber cable for durability and fast reaction. With this keyboard, you can choose from over 16.8 million colors for the keys.
The keyboard has an actuation force of 50 g on its mechanical switches and it also comes with an open SDK to fully customize the colors and lighting effects during gaming. The Razer BlackWidow Chroma Keyboard also comes with Razer Synapse software to fully control the lighting and color cycling effects of your keyboard. And in addition to that, the chroma lighting on this colorful keyboard will definitely please your eyes.
The keyboard also has a brightness contained illumination style and it has a metal top mounting and a top cover. Moreover, it has a multi-cord and braided cable type and it also allows audio pass through and USB pass through. The Razer BlackWidow Gaming Keyboard comes with additional macro keys and one of the best full sized keyboards out there. Being backed by a warranty of 2 years, the Razer BlackWidow Keyboard Chroma is a great illuminated keyboard to keep.
Keyboard with Free Mouse
EagleTec K104/KS04 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
The EagleTec K104/KS04 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse is a great bundle to consider for a computer keyboard. With its build and functionality, both the keyboard and the mouse have 2.4 GHz wireless connection which both uses only one UBS port for your computer using a small nano-receiver. As a battery saver, the battery of the keyboard can last up to 18 months. With this keyboard, it uses smart sleep technology to preserve battery life as much as possible and also, it has a total of 12 hot keys so you can access your favorite things, such as e-mail, internet, music controls, volume and others.
Moreover, for added durability, the keyboard is resistant to splashes so it can take your morning or night coffee. The EagleTec K104/KS04 Wireless Keyboard comes with the MR5M2509 wireless mouse and it has an ergonomic design for a keyboard. And what’s more, it also comes with a standard full numeric pad and it can be used from Windows XP up to Windows 10 as a plug and play keyboard.
Being super lightweight at less than 1 pound, the keyboard has a key stroke of 2 mm and it has a total of standard 104 keys. Moreover, to eliminate guesswork when it comes to measuring the battery of the keyboard, it also has a low battery indicator so you know when to replace batteries. It is switchable between 2000, 1500 and 1000 DPI and it helps to keep away keyboard delays and signal loss due to the high quality wireless connection.
What’s more, the nano receiver can be kept on your computer, laptop or notebook due to its compact size. Also, the rear fee can be adjusted so you get the best typing angle possible. Being very quiet on its keys so you can easily glide between keys without making much noise, it does not compromise comfort at all. Also, the mouse also has its own share of features such as an ergonomic design (ambidextrous) and soft rubber grips.
Additionally, an automatic shut down feature makes the mouse energy-saving. And in addition to that, the mouse also has a switchable DPI in 2000, 1500 or 1000 DPI. The mouse has a total of 5 buttons for you to use and two of these can be customized. As a matter of fact, the wireless mouse also has a nano USB receiver and a storage area for it in the mouse itself. This combo pack is highly compatible with Windows and Linux systems for your best convenience.
Ideal Keyboard for Mac OS X
Apple Wired Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
With the Apple Wired Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, all of the function keys are very convenient. You can easily access your most needed features such as the brightness of the screen, system volume and eject function. As for the design, the low profile keys add style to this keyboard and the anodized aluminum enclosure makes it sleek and durable as well as lightweight in its style.
With this keyboard, you can also access music controls such as play, pause, previous and next song. It has two USB ports so you can easily plug anything and it is recommended and highly compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.8 and above. In fact, it can be used with USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 and it also has a software update for the keyboard.
The keyboard also allows you to access Expose and Dashboard features with one touch and its numeric keypad is fully functional for finance purposes. Moreover, the arrow keys are high in visibility for gamers and the like. The keyboard by Apple weighs only 1.6 pounds and the keyboard spans at 16 inches or 43 cm. As a matter of fact, the ultra thin design makes this keyboard a favorite among Mac users. Backed by a warranty of 1 year, the Apple Wired Keyboard is the ideal Mac OS X keyboard.
Ideal Keyboard for Business Use
Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard for Business
The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard for Business has a cushioned palm rest so your wrist is given a natural position and it has an ergonomic design that helps relax your wrist while typing. The keyboard has a domed design so that your wrists are comfortable throughout long typing hours. It has a unique split key set design for the best position for your forearms and wrists and has a natural arc key layout so it adheres to your finger tips shapes and curves.
It has a separate numerical pad so you can put it anywhere on your workspace. An ideal keyboard for offices and businesses, it weighs around 3 pounds and it has a wireless design which uses 2.4 GHz of radio frequency. It types in a silent way that will not disturb your environment and is very comfortable keyboard to have. It is powered up by 3 AAA batteries (sold separately).
Best Wireless Keyboard
HP Wireless Elite Keyboard v2
The HP Wireless Elite Keyboard v2 connects via 2.4 GHz wireless connection and can work on any notebook, desktop or laptop. It gives you faster typing due to the responsive key strokes and it can work even when you are 30 feet away from your unit. The full sized layout of the keyboard makes it comfortable for anyone to type in this keyboard and the sleek design and the clear lines create a beautiful and stunning finish and layout for this keyboard.
It has a total of four hot keys to access items quickly and the dirt and dust resistant design of the keys make it easier for it to be cleaned with a keyboard cleaner. The low profile keys also add to its ease of use. It is highly durable that will stand for years to come. The shallow sealed key design also makes it easier to clean up. There is no more need to guess whether the wireless keyboard will run out of battery due to the fact that it has an indicator light for its battery life.
The HP Wireless Keyboard v2 weighs less than 2 pounds and it only requires two AA batteries to run. A very comfortable wireless keyboard from HP, it is also compatible with Mac systems.
Best Backlit Keyboard
Logitech Illuminated Thin Keyboard K740
The Logitech Illuminated Thin Keyboard K740 is a corded keyboard which supports Windows XP up to Windows 8 and connects via USB port. It has a palm rest with a soft touch to give you comfort while using the keyboard and the back lit keys are laser etched to give you clarity while typing. It has a manual adjustment for the brightness.
The keyboard profile is ultra thin for a space saving design that is very elegant and sleek at the same time. It uses PerfectStroke technology for its key system to provide a fluid typing experience and the full sized layout of the keyboard will be familiar to most users. It has a profile of 9.3 mm or 1/3 inch that is super slim and elegant and it runs on whisper quiet operation while typing comfortably. It weighs less than 3 pounds and the back lighting has up to 3 brightness levels.
This keyboard runs only at 50 dB of noise levels and has an FN key to easily access favorite tasks such as the Internet or checking e-mail. It also has a key for launching the Windows 8 start screen and it comes with user documentation.
Keyboards that did not make it to our list lacked a lot in features, durability and a good design and these are very important in choosing the best keyboard out there.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How important is a computer keyboard in anyone’s life?
A: According to Reference , it is important for inputting data to your computer as it helps you to create anything on your computer. It creates letters, symbols and performs various functions to control the computer, such as brightness of the screen, turning the power on and off; adjusting the volume and many others and it allows you to create documents, input commands and the like.
Q: What are some of the best keyboard tricks and tips you should know?
A: According to MakeUseOf , using Alt + Tab allows you to simply switch between running programs. To skip the file being thrown into the recycle bin and just delete it permanently, use Shift + Del key. To go back to your home desktop, simply press the Windows button + D. You can also create a shortcut key to your favorite application. You can also change the font size or to zoom in and out using Ctrl + mouse wheel. When using Firefox, the / and the ‘ keys also allow you to search items within the page. Kike playing Minecraft, you can also switch between tabs like you switch between items with the use of Ctrl + (number), e.g. Ctrl + 1 for the first tab, Ctrl + 2 for the second tab and many more.
Wrapping It Up
Overall, the Logitech K360 Wireless USB Desktop Keyboard is our best keyboard that will definitely adhere to your typing needs.